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Negative CapitalismCENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 9th SEPTEMBER 2013

EVENTS

MEETING FACILITATION SKILLS FOR CHANGE MAKERS
Saturday, September 28, 2013
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/7756789767

Learn and practice key tools, techniques and approaches that will help you understand the facilitation process, effectively facilitate meetings and make great decisions.  Participants will have the opportunity to practice their facilitation skills and receive critical feedback.

Trainer: Jessica Bell, M.Ed. is a facilitator and trainer. More info at: http://www.jessicabell.org

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55th ADULT EDUCATION RESEARCH CONFERENCE (AERC) – CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS

The 2014 AERC Steering Committee is pleased to invite you to submit a proposal for the 55th Adult Education Research Conference scheduled for June 5-7, 2014 in Harrisburg, PA. Preconferences are scheduled for June 4th. The full call for proposals is available online at: http://adulterc.org. We are pleased to announce that Penn State Harrisburg will host AERC next spring.

We are accepting proposals for three types of presentations:
1. Papers
2. Research Roundtables
3. Symposia

All proposals must be RECEIVED by email on or before September 23, 2013.
Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged by email.

Please feel free to distribute this call widely. We look forward to seeing each of you in Harrisburg!

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FORUM FOR ABORIGINAL ACADEMIC STAFF – ROLE OF ABORIGINAL ACADEMICS IN SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CHANGE

November 1-3, 2013
Courtyard Marriott
475 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario

CAUT (Canadian Association of University Teachers) is sponsoring its 4th Forum for Aboriginal Academic Staff which will be held November 1-3, 2013 at the Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown. Organized with the guidance of CAUT’s Working Group on Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education. This will be an opportunity for Aboriginal academic staff from across Canada to get together to share information, discuss issues of common interest and provide advice to CAUT and our member associations.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Forum, please contact Rosa Barker at barker@caut.ca or visit http://events.caut.ca/aboriginal-2013/

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CAFÉ DISSENSUS ISSUE 8 (JULY-AUGUST 2014): INLAND LABOUR MIGRATION IN INDIA – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Guest-Editor: Soma Chatterjee, Doctoral Candidate, University of Toronto

Café Dissensus, an online magazine dedicated to discussing and analysing social and political issues in India, is planning an issue focusing on precarious labour migration within India. Please consider contributing if your work is relevant to this and share the following call for contributions with your respective networks. Please note contributions can take the form of articles and also interviews with workers, worker/activists, policy makers etc.

For more info: http://cafedissensus.com/forthcoming-issuecall-for-contributions/

As well, if you have engaged in issues of precarious labour migration within India and would like to be interviewed please contact Soma Chatterjee at rupsa29@gmail.com

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HELP US FIGHT FOR $14! JOIN THE SEPTEMBER 14TH DAY OF ACTION

September 14th is coming soon — the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage’s second province-wide day of action for a $14 minimum wage!  This month we’ll be carrying out creative actions outside corporate targets who are board members of powerful lobby groups fighting to keep wages low.  You may be surprised to hear who’s on the list!  Stay tuned as we announce the full list next week!

Actions are being organized in Halton, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Peterborough, Sudbury, York Region, Cornwall, London, Toronto and more.

For more info: http://raisetheminimumwage.ca/updates/join-the-september-14th-day-of-action/

The Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage is coordinated by ACORN, Freedom 90, Mennonite New Life Centre, OCAP, Ontario Campaign 2000, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Put Food in the Budget, Social Planning Toronto, Toronto and York Region Labour Council and the Workers’ Action Centre.

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UALE SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR RESEARCH GRANTS

The United Association for Labor Education (UALE) is pleased to continue awarding grants to fund research related to workers, unions, and employment policy. Preference will be given to UALE members in determining award recipients. UALE has allocated $5,000 for this purpose. We will select a maximum of two award recipients.

Applications for the 2013 awards are due by November 15, 2013. The recipients will be announced by December 15, 2013.

For more information, including how to apply, see our website at: http://www.uale.org

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NEWS & VIEWS

UNIFOR’S FOUNDING CONVENTION: THE PREDICTABLE AND THE UNEXPECTED

By Lindsay Hinshelwood

Over the Labour Day weekend two of Canada’s largest industrial unions, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP), merged to become the country’s largest private sector union, Unifor.

At this founding convention, facilitated by retiring CAW President Ken Lewenza, the new union leadership moved forward by engaging in exactly the same kind of rhetoric it engaged in the day before when the CAW held its final convention: the usual “we fought for this, we fought for that.” So if
we ask the question “what kind of union is Unifor likely to be?” I’m going to say it will be just a larger, more tightly controlled Old Boys’ club.

Read more: http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.ca/2013/09/canada-unifors-founding-convention.html

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UNION WORKERS RATIFY NEW AGREEMENT AT TORONTO PLAZA HOTEL ENDING 13-WEEK STRIKE

Members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 9466 have ratified a new two-year agreement at the Toronto Plaza Hotel thus ending a bitter 13-week strike.

The new agreement was approved by a margin of 80% and removes all the draconian concessions demanded by hotel management and even provides a wage increase. Also removed from the final settlement was management’s insistence on new language that would have gutted basic protections and rights of union workers.

“Our members stood strong and their spirits were uplifted by the support they received from the labour movement, Toronto area steelworkers and the public throughout the GTA and across Canada,” said Mohamed Baksh USW Staff Representative.

Read more: http://www.usw.ca/media/news/releases?id=0900

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND SOCIAL CHANGE: LESSONS FROM THE OIL TRAIN DISASTER AT LAC MÉGANTIC, QUEBEC

By Roger Annis, The Bullet

As the toxic oil from the July 6 oil train disaster in Lac Mégantic, Quebec seeps deeper into the town center’s soil and disperses into waterways, and as town residents slowly reestablish their shattered lives, the corporate interests that caused the disaster and have been keeping a low profile are beginning to assert themselves anew.

Irving Oil, the company that brought the ill-fated oil train through the town in the crazed oil-by-train scheme it launched in 2012, says it’s concerned to get the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway (MM&A) fully operational again. The line is severed at the explosion site in center of the town. The railway was threatened with closure by federal transportation authorities several weeks ago for lack of insurance and then okayed to continue provisionally. There still looms its eventual and inevitable insolvency.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/869.php

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QUEER STRUGGLES ARE CLASS STRUGGLES

By Shay Enxuga, Halifax Media Co-op

This article uses the single gender-neutral pronoun “they”.

“Queer struggles are class struggles,” says Charlie Huntley, a 25 year old coffee shop worker, “and should never be addressed as if they are isolated issues.”

On the heels of a successful union drive at Just Us on Spring Garden, and in the midst of an ongoing battle at Second Cup on Quinpool, the Baristas Rise Up (BRU) campaign was initiated as – “a worker-led union movement that is fighting to improve working conditions and industry standards in precarious and low-waged café jobs.”

Read more: http://rankandfile.ca/2013/09/05/queer-struggles-are-class-struggles/

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WITH NOTHING TO LOSE AND A LIVING WAGE TO WIN, FAST-FOOD WALKOUTS SPREAD

By Peter Rugh, Waging Nonviolence

Fast-food workers walked off the job in about 50 U.S. cities, the latest show of force from a unionization campaign that began with a one-day strike involving 200 people in New York City last November. Since then, the union drive has taken root in several East Coast and Midwestern cities including Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Detroit, Flint, Mich., and Milwaukee. The actions on Thursday marked new territory for the campaign with picket-lines going up in West Coast and Southern cities — Los Angeles, Seattle, Tampa, Fla., Raleigh, N.C., and Houston among them.

Read more: http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/with-nothing-to-lose-and-a-living-wage-to-win-fast-food-walkouts-spread/

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JOB POSTINGS

TENURE-TRACK POSITION IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy
College of Education
The University of Georgia

The Qualitative Research program at the University of Georgia is pleased to announce an open rank tenure-track position to be filled at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor, commensurate with qualifications and scholarly record. Typically, within the open-rank classification, candidates with no prior work experience following the earning of a doctorate would be hired at the assistant professor rank; candidates with a minimum of 6 years of work experience after earning a doctorate would be considered for the associate professor rank; and candidates with a minimum of 10 years of work experience after earning a doctorate would be considered for the full professor rank. The area of qualitative methods specialization for the candidate’s research and teaching assignment is open. The ideal candidate will be well prepared in the broad range of theoretical frameworks for qualitative inquiry, have sound knowledge of the history and variety of qualitative research methodologies, as well as expertise in a methodological area that would complement the range of existing faculty areas of expertise.

For more information: https://apps.itos.uga.edu/ach/position/21844

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WORK FOR LABOR NOTES!

Labor Notes is accepting applications for two positions as we expand staff in our New York office. We are looking for people with experience in the labor movement and demonstrated capacities as organizational leaders. Start date is in October. A commitment to rank-and-file unionism is a must.

– Organizer

Initial duties will focus on organizing Labor Notes’ biennial Conference April 4-6, 2014. Possible assignments include recruiting individuals and groups to attend, coordinating workshop speakers, dealing with venue and vendors, organizing volunteers, soliciting program book ads, giving scholarships, coordinating interpretation, entertainment and culture, childcare, fundraising before and during, and AV needs onsite.

See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/jobs#sthash.Rhmt7Bps.dpuf

– Assistant Director

Work with Director Mark Brenner to oversee strategic planning, budgeting, project management, staff coordination, and general administration. Lead fundraising, including development of new foundation grants and major donors. Plan and execute promotional campaigns for Labor Notes publications and events, and maintain connections between staff and Labor Notes off-staff leaders. Coordinate with website and database vendors. Coordinate and sometimes facilitate stand-alone trainings and workshops for local unions and caucuses. Build and maintain connections with rank-and-file activists
across the country and key Labor Notes supporters. Travel for organizing and Labor Notes events.

See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/jobs#sthash.Rhmt7Bps.dpuf

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

 

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Education Crisis

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 11th MARCH 2013

EVENTS

TORONTO SOCIALIST ACTION PRESENTS – REBEL FILMS 2013

Thursday, March 28
7 p.m.
OISE/UT
252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-212
(St. George Subway Station)

Catastroika (2012, 87 minutes)

The creators of Debtocracy, a documentary with two million views broadcasted from Japan to Latin America, analyze the shifting of state assets to private hands. They travel round the world gathering data on privatization in developed countries and search for clues on the day after Greece’s massive privatization program.

Everyone welcome. $4 donation requested.

Please visit: http://www.socialistaction.ca or call 416 – 461-6942.

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PROTECTING RIGHTS AND BUILDING SOLIDARITY: A WORKSHOP ON MIGRANT LABOUR AND IMMIGRATION ISSUES

April 5 & 6, 2013
Friday evening and all day Saturday
Metro Hall, Plenary Room 308-309
55 John Street, Toronto

Join workers, advocates, unions, and community allies who are committed to protecting and strengthening the rights of newcomers to our province’s labour market.

Sponsored by The People’s Budget, Ontario Federation of Labour (http://www.ThePeoplesBudget.ca)

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CAMPAIGN TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE

Thursday March 21
12 pm
Ministry of Labour office, 400 University Ave.
Toronto

Coordinated actions in cities around Ontario

Ontario’s minimum wage has been frozen for 3 years, while the cost of living continues to rise. Join us as we call for an immediate increase!

The minimum wage should bring workers and their families above the poverty line.  That means Ontario’s minimum wage should be $14 in 2013. A minimum wage increase is an investment in healthy communities and good jobs for workers in Ontario.

On March 21st, the first day of spring and the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, communities around Ontario will be coming together for a decent minimum wage.

Get involved!
– Endorse the campaign
– Organize an action in your city
– Sign up for a delegation visit to your MPP

Get updates on March 21st actions by signing up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/119569048228250/

Contact us at raisetheminimumwage@gmail.com or (416) 531-2411, ext. 246

The Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage is coordinated by ACORN, Freedom 90, Mennonite New Life Centre, OCAP, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Put Food in the Budget, Social Planning Toronto, Toronto and York Region Labour Council and Workers’ Action Centre.

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BOOK LAUNCH – “THE GREAT REVENUE ROBBERY”

Book launch, author(s) reading for The Great Revenue Robbery: How to Stop the Tax Cut Scam and Save Canada

Edited by Richard Swift for Canadians for Tax Fairness. Published by Between the Lines.

Monday, April 15
6:30pm
No One Writes to the Colonel
406 College Street, Toronto

Free. Contact: info@btlbooks.com

“This is a welcome critique of conventional economic wisdom. If you thought tax cuts would solve all of your problems, read The Great Revenue Robbery and think again.”
-Thomas Walkom, political columnist, Toronto Star

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TALK – VYGOTSKY AND CULTURAL HISTORICAL ACTIVITY THEORY: RE-IMAGINING METHODOLOGIES AND CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT IN COMMUNITIES

Thursday March 21st
12-2pm
OISE/UT
252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-214
Toronto

Speakers: Dr. Anna Stetsenko, Graduate Department of Psychology, Cross-Appointed, Urban Education / Women’s Studies, Graduate Center, City University of New York; and Dr. Eduardo Vianna, Psychology, LaGuardia Community College – City University of New York

Sponsored by the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, OISE/UT (http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/lhae/Home/index.html)

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NEWS & VIEWS

MUSIC VIDEO – SONG FOR HUGO CHÁVEZ

by David Rovics @ ALBA @ Copenhagen 17.12.2009

Warming up with “Song For Hugo Chávez” For 4000 People at ALBA-meeting in Copenhagen 17.12.2009 where Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez spoke for 2 hours to his fans from Denmark and Sweden, who had come to see and hear him speaking. Some people drove all the way from Holland just for Chávez.

Video by Kaj Kaskuberg. Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxjRET2hJIE

David Rovics’ website: http://www.davidrovics.com

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CERTIFICATE IN ADULT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION (CACE), DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSES – UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA

Develop your potential as a trainer/adult educator.

Confident instructors are successful instructors. Building confidence takes a commitment to lifelong learning in order to maintain levels of practice and keep pace with an ever-changing work environment. CACE courses will be helpful to you at every stage in your career as an adult educator/trainer. Add a particular skill to your repertoire with a single course, move closer to completing your CACE certificate or simply take a refresher to keep your skills sharp. Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned professional, you’ll find these courses will continue to shape your career and how you approach your work.

For more information: http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/aspnet/Program/Detail/?code=ACECERT&infoId=51651873&sID=25895&OrgID=2900

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STUDY DEMOLISHES THE MYTH THAT U.S. WORKERS LACK SKILLS

by Roger Bybee, In These Times

Over the last few years, the media has blared warnings that a “skills gap” among American workers is preventing full economic recovery.

According to this narrative, the problem is not an inadequate supply of family-sustaining jobs; it’s a workforce lacking in skills, training and education. The skills gap thesis has been spread by influential pundits like the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, top CEOs like Caterpillar’s Doug Oberhelman, and PIMCO hedge fund owner Bill Gross, who declared, “Our labor force is too expensive and poorly educated for today’s marketplace.”

But in a study released this week called “The Skills Gap and Unemployment in Wisconsin: Separating Fact from Fiction,” urbanologist Marc Levine, a professor of history and economic development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, applies a data-laden sledgehammer to this notion. And while Levine’s report focused primarily on Wisconsin, his critique of the “skills gap” notion has national implications.

Read more: http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/14660/the_medias_skills_gap_thesis_is_a_myth/

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‘SILENT GRINDING, BIT BY BIT’: IN THE OCCUPATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

by Jeffery R. Webber, The Bullet

The last two years have seen an explosion of student strikes from Chile to Italy to Quebec. These do not yet account for a full-blown student revolt, but they are seeds of political resistance that are some of the most promising in quite some time. They have been remarkable in their tactical ingenuity, the steadfastness of the student rebels and the militancy of demands for the decommodification of education and the universality of access. The fierceness of the austerity agenda in Britain is opening up a new front in student struggles.

After three weeks, an impressive student occupation at the University of Sussex against the privatization of services on campus is still in full-swing, even expanding, with flash occupations and disruptions of different buildings and events on campus last Friday. On February 28 I sat down with Maia Pal, a leading organizer of the campaign, to discuss its origins and dynamics to date.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/777.php

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SNEAK PREVIEW OF PUBLICATION – “BUILDING ON CRITICAL TRADITIONS: ADULT EDUCATION AND LEARNING IN CANADA”
(Thompson Books, 2013)

Edited by Tom Nesbit, Susan M. Brigham, Nancy Taber, and Tara Gibb

Sample contents (by researchers associated with the Centre for the Study of Education and Work WALL project: http://www.wallnetwork.ca):
– Gay Rights as Human and Civil Rights: Matters of Degree in Culture, Society, and Adult Education (André P. Grace)
– Class and Poverty Matters: The Role of Adult Education in Reproduction and Resistance (Shauna Butterwick)
– Work and Learning: Perspectives from Canadian Adult Educators (Tara Fenwick)
– Equip, Engage, Expand, and Energize: Labour Movement Education (Sue Carter and D’Arcy Martin)

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):
Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Global Economy

THE POLITICS OF LABOUR AND DEVELOPMENT

The Global Labour University is pleased to announce a call for papers for the 2011 conference on “The Politics of Labour and Development” to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from September 28 to 30, 2011.

The global economic crisis has had a particularly hard-hitting impact on working people, their families and communities throughout the world. What is more, they also face an environmental crisis that is closely linked to the economic crisis. Together, these crises have intensified the dispossession of the commons (including both local resources and public goods such as health and education), the informalisation of labour, unemployment, national and global social inequality, and the “slummification” of cities.  Declining biodiversity, climate change and pollution are evidence of the impact of the crisis on the planet itself. Environmental degradation threatens viable livelihoods and endangers public health. Meanwhile the market imperatives get defining power over daily life, business interests tighten their stranglehold on the state logic and power is transferred to supranational institutions with limited democratic accountability, simultaneously narrowing electoral choices, and increasingly restrictions on protest.

Labour, as a key social force of the excluded majority, has a crucial role to play in countering the destructive logics of capitalism.  The politics of labour is about altering the balance of power away from capital and unelected bureaucracies toward labour and broader society.  The politics of labour is also about overcoming the multiple relations of power and oppression, including the economic, political, gender, ethnic and cultural, that contributes to and reproduce the power of the few and the subordination of the many. This has the
following dimensions:

1)      The workplace imperative: Labour’s attempts to reverse the declining wage share and extract as much of the social surplus created through mobilisation for higher wages and better working conditions, as can be seen in the recent strike wave in South Africa and other parts of the world. This is especially important as rising inequality has devastating effects on society, as more and more people are pushed to margins of production and consumption patterns.  For example, this includes issues of the distribution of productivity growth, minimum wages and basic income grants as well as policy issues of taxation and redistribution.

2)      New forms of power or leverage: With rising unemployment and increasing numbers of workers pushed into precarious forms of work, traditional sources of power are eroded, but new forms of power are being explored, often by the most marginalized and sectors traditionally ignored by labour movements.  Labour’s links to other social forces is crucial here.  This also raises questions about who constitutes the working class, with wider understandings of labour increasingly finding salience in innovative movements around the world.  The development of transnational linkages and networks is also an important dimension to the development of new forms of power and leverage.

3)      The policy imperative: Labour’s attempts, often in alliance with other groups in civil society, to pressure governments to  increase the social wage (public health, education, transport, housing, etc.), increase employment and change economic (and slowly environmental) policy accordingly.  For example, what would a “green new deal” look like? We also encourage papers that look at the conversion of industrial production into alternative forms of production and consumption as well as papers looking at ecological issues.

What are the most effective ways to develop pro-working class policy? Corporatism seems to have spread, rather than declined, in the neo-liberal era: what is its balance sheet?

4)      Political parties, alliances and trade union organizations, and political power: Labour’s attempts to directly alter the balance of state power, either

a.      through alliances with ruling political parties,

b.      through the reorganization of trade union organizations and strategies,

c.      through the development of alternative organizations and alliances with other movements in civil society, or

d.      through building movements that refuse to participate in the state, but are willing to pressure it for reforms.

This raises questions about the role of labour—as a reforming force, as a legitimating function that hinders more radical challenges to state power, or as a central actor in building an alternative to the destructive logic of capitalist development.  The nature of political alliances and forms of mobilizing are vital issues that are being experimented on in various regions of the world (e.g., many movements in Latin America, South Korean marginalized workers, etc.). It also raises questions about international approaches to global governance.

5)      The economic imperative. Within the neoliberal framework, competitiveness becomes more aggressive and self-destructing through currency manipulation, quantitative easing, wage dumping, trade barriers, devaluation etc. Is there space for economic policy nationally and internationally that avoids the disadvantages of a competitive race to the bottom or a retreat in isolated economic nationalism?

6)      Alternative forms of production, consumption and redistribution: This raises questions about what are alternative forms of production and consumption.  For example, worker cooperatives, microcredit / microfinance projects (including its problems for informal sector workers), local agricultural production, and solidarity economy alternatives have emerged around the world.

We welcome submissions for papers on any of these themes.  While we  encourage submission of papers that broadly fit into the themes, we will also consider papers that do not fit directly into one of the themes as long as they address the broad focus of the conference. The GLU encourages policy orientated research and therefore welcomes submissions that not only analyses the problem, but also offer some policy initiatives and solutions for debate.

Please send a one page abstract (which includes your methodological approach) by January 30, 2011 to Pulane Ditlhake at Glu.SouthAfrica@wits.ac.za  and Michelle Williams at michelle.williams@wits.ac.za

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